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1998 Château de Saint Cosme "Valbelle" Gigondas

SKU #1196077 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1998 Gigondas Cuvee Valbelle, which is made from 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah and aged in 20% new French oak, steps everything up a notch. Starting out reticent on the nose, with ripe blackberry fruit, ground pepper, dried flowers and beef blood-like subtleties, it knocks it out of the park on the palate and has full-bodied richness, beautiful density and a savory finish. Fully mature, yet still youthful and with plenty of life, drink it over the coming 4-5 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe yet subtle. Dark, flavorful and supple, this full-bodied red is packed with cassis, smoke, toasted oak and plum. Has a massive tannin structure and a long, tasty finish. Inner quote mark (8/2000)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep, bright, saturated ruby. Spicy, sweet aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, espresso and bitter chocolate. Wonderful sappy sweetness with verve; thick and silky. Hugely ripe yet precise and fine. Tastes sweeter than its 1.5 grams/liter residual sugar would suggest. Not at all porty or over the top. Finishes with big, mouthcoating tannins. A superb Gigondas. Inner quote mark (1/2001)

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